Commonly Used Medical Abbreviations that Relate to Pregnancy

By Joanne Stone, Keith Eddleman, Mary Duenwald

Part of Pregnancy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

So you know what’s going on throughout your pregnancy while at doctor’s visits, touring the hospital, and during labor and delivery, learn these medical abbreviations and what they mean.

Abbreviation What It Stands For
AFP Alpha-fetoprotein
AMA/APA Advanced Maternal/Paternal Age
CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
CRL Crown-Rump Length
CVS Chorionic Villus Sampling
EDC or EDD Estimated Date of Confinement or Estimated Due Date
EFW Estimated Fetal Weight
EGA Estimated Gestational Age
IUGR Intrauterine Growth Restriction
LGA Large-for-Gestational Age
LMP Last Menstrual Period
MFM Maternal-Fetal Medicine
SGA Small-for-Gestational Age